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Gerald Andrew Larson

Published on Thu, Feb 3, 2011
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Gerald Andrew Larson
July 26, 1934 - January 27, 2011

    Gerald Andrew Larson of Birch Bay, Washington passed away at home on January 27, 2011 after a long battle with cancer.  He was preceded in death by his parents Evelyn and Jack Larson of Bellingham, Washington. Gerald leaves behind his daughter Andrea Larson-McKay (Darren), his sons Dennis Larson (Wendy) and Keith Larson, his seven grandchildren Spencer, Taylor, Carter, Conor, Emily, Andrew, Ava and his dog Otto. Gerald was born on July 26, 1934 in Bellingham, Washington. He lived his formative years in Whatcom County alongside his brother Jack Larson. Upon graduation from Bellingham High class of 1953, he enlisted in the U.S. Army missile defense corps.  After military service Gerald attended Western Washington University graduating class of 1960.

    It was during his time at Western when Gerald met and married Wilma Elaine Larson and they enjoyed many years together in Federal Way, Washington. Professionally, Gerald applied the experience and discipline from the armed services, and the education from Western, to the emerging field of aerospace engineering with leading defense contractor the Boeing Corporation in Seattle.  
         
    Gerald volunteered as a youth soccer coach with what would become the Washington State Youth Soccer Association. After 30 years of dedicated service with Boeing, and as many years volunteering in the state youth soccer program culminating as President of Washington State Youth Soccer, Gerald retired to his boyhood home in Birch Bay, Washington. In 2004 Gerald was inducted into the Washington State Soccer Youth Soccer Hall of Fame. Restless in retirement, he continued his volunteer campaign serving in leadership positions in numerous conservation programs and activities including the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement, Marine Resource Committee, friends of Birch Bay State Park, and his favorite assignment as Santa Claus at local schools and Lodge Halls. Gerald’s wonderful life of 76 years included dedicated service to country, community, and the environment. Charitable contribution can be made to the Friends of Birch Bay State Park.

    There will be a celebration of life on Friday, February 4 at 4 p.m. at the Sons of Norway Hall, 1419 North Forest Street in Bellingham. Moles-Greenacres Funeral Home & Memorial Park.